At first glance, I noticed the historical elements in this artwork that contrasted the surrounding nature. The great degree of craftsman ship was evident. It wasn’t until I read the title of the project—Who will measure the space, who will tell me the time?—that I thought to look for the message within the columns. Apparently, there is a “story inspired by fictional tales” within each one. I examined one column, but I’m afraid the story was too complex for me to understand fully. However, I did gather this much from the art: as time goes on, some objects lose their functionality, but gain the ability to measure the past in terms of their historical significance.
Although I can not choose a single photo which can classified as my favorite, Andro Wekua’s Panorma would certainly be a top candidate. Facing the Hudson River, the photo not only concentrates on the Panorama, but rather, mixes together multiple aspects. When one first looks at the photo, they see the sun setting behind Jersey City, demonstrating the modern architecture present near the High Line. Although it may seem as if the picture were taken from ground level, especially when looking at the level of the ocean, it is quickly realized that the second or third floor of a nearby building is overlooking the High Line. Furthermore, many people may not consider this a “park”. After all, there is a road with buses and cars below it, to the right of the picture. Yet, the image still manages to capture the theme of nature, as signified with the plants near the window. Despite the fact that the High Line may be considered a reconstructed train line, it is more than that, and this image successfully shows the complexity of it.
My favorite piece on the High Line was a sculpture called Little Manhattan. Before I knew it was a sculpture of Manhattan, I knew right away it was some major city and the detail in the sculpture was what really caught my attention. You could see every building and bridge distinctly. The sculpture was about nine feet, but the details were tiny (the picture really doesn’t do it justice). When I was looking at it I kind of felt like I was a giant looking down on an entire city. When I got home, I wanted to know more about this sculpture so I googled it and this came up:
“A fantastic feat of meticulous carving, the sculpture includes every bridge, pier, and building found in Manhattan at the time of the sculpture’s making.”
I think I like the sculpture more now that I know that every single building, bridge, and pier is included. The time and attention to detail that it must have taken in order to make this sculpture makes it even more interesting.
I have always stayed intrigued by graffiti and have always been a fan of it. The way that artists can use buildings or larger, public items as a canvas for their expression is really hip. I didn’t find Ortega’s “Physical Graffiti 1-3” to be ‘aesthetically pleasing’ but I did find it interesting. Especially in the picture above, I found it cool how behind the artwork, there was a building. I could almost envision what the art would look like on the building. However, I just couldn’t. The Graffiti was missing the colors, which is one of the most important aspect of graffiti. The artist’s twists, connotations, and vibes that the work creates is brought by more than just the words. However, Ortega plasters the words in your face so that that is all you can take in. I didn’t necessarily enjoy his pieces but I did find them intriguing. They helped me gain respect for graffiti on buildings and walls. It was almost as if he took the rudimentary aspects of graffiti and took them out and called it his artwork. There was probably a strong meaning to this, however, I just take it as a way of gaining respect and really stepping back to enjoy the artwork that graffiti is.
Although this work of art wasn’t on our list, I chose to upload this photo because I think it’s pretty awesome. The art has a powerful message from an influential person, and I love how it sort of blends in with the grays of the background while managing to stand out. It adds life to a rather dull building, don’t you think?